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John Brown Wax Museum

168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
+1 304-535-6342
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Quirky way to learn some history

I loved this quaint and quirky wax museum. I disagree completely that this museum needs updating... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
John Brown Wax Museum

I enjoyed this museum but can't say it's a must see stop (particularly for the price". It's a... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
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This vintage wax museum opened in 1963 and has hosted thousands of visitors in its many years of operation. Mr. Dorfman, the artist of the realistic hand-made figures, is the very same gifted man who also crafted the figures for Gettysburg. The John Brown Wax Museum is perfect for small groups or large school field trips. It truly does make history "come alive." The museum is seasonal, opening for weekends in March but in April through November, it stays open 7 days a week. Spring and fall hours are 9:00 until 4:30 and summer hours are 10:00 until 5:30. For countless generations, this has been a "must do" activity.
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168 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-4102
+1 304-535-6342
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

I loved this quaint and quirky wax museum. I disagree completely that this museum needs updating. The old and dark wood adds to the charm. I loved how Harpers Ferry makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. If this museum were modernized...More

3  Thank fitlady
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed this museum but can't say it's a must see stop (particularly for the price". It's a series of scenes from John Brown's life as it relates to his abolition activities. The wax figures are realistic and there is some interesting information that's not...More

Thank jimhasemail
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited the wax museum. We were not blown away or incredibly impressed...it was okay. There were neat exhibits...some had a push button where it basically read what was on the sign in exhibit. Took about 15 minutes to tour at $7...More

Thank Roxygurl761
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This museum has not been updated since it was opened decades ago. Many of the displays are in poor repair, particularly the ones using automation. Lighting is poor in some areas and the artifacts are hard to see.

Thank Dennis B
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I'm not a huge fan of wax museums but I can appreciate the detail in telling of his controversial life. Would not recommend for the handicapped, lots of stairs.

Thank WVExplorer
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We have been to Harpers Ferry previously but never made it to the wax museum. My boyfriend's mom was especially excited for us to check it out. It was a nice change of pace from the rest of the town. Is it a little bit...More

1  Thank JB1982Butterfly
Reviewed 26 August 2016

The detail in the scenes is amazing. It doesn't take long and there are a lot of steps. Still it is worth the price to see.

1  Thank nana9359
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Although this museum may not have the awe of a Madame T's, take your time going thru this quaint little wax museum and you might just find out some interesting info about John Brown and Harpers Ferry history. Read the plaques along the way. They...More

1  Thank vegi35
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Great place to cool off and learn about some American History. Life-Like figures and interesting facts throughout. Would do again.

Thank brucehJ7725KX
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Very fair reveal of history. Great loss North and South, Black and White....all Americans.....but fairly discussed and shown in images and writing. Very well portrayed. Also.....nice historical items shown......too sad all of the deaths involved.

Thank Ken C
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8 January 2016|
Response from Novagirl2 |
$7 adults $6 military
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Response from MRFRIENDLY | Reviewed this property |
the building was built in the late 50s early 60s for the museum purpose, it is not ada by any means and has many stairs.